SBS Diversity Talent Escalator - Edit Assistant / Archive Researcher

9 week attachment, beginning 9 September

SBS Diversity Talent Escalator is partnering with Screen Canberra on a new initiative aiming to promote diversity in all of its forms and to provide an opportunity for a practitioner to be able to step up to the next level and progress their careers.

SBS and Screen Canberra are collaborating with WildBear to provide an on-the-job, paid learning and immersion opportunity for a Canberra-based Assistant Editor / Archive Researcher on a factual history series for SBS: “Come Fly With Me” (working title).

Based in WildBear’s Sydney office, the role will work at the creative coalface, providing assistance to the production’s Key Creatives and Editorial Team by undertaking footage research into any subject or issue relevant to the series, as directed and using all sources of archive, and preparing archive footage for editors. The role will also deal with shot footage. Opportunities to assembly edit some sequences will be available according to the person’s aptitude and enthusiasm.

Over the course of their time working with WildBear on the Production, the Placement will:

  • gain an understanding of key aspects of the editorial department in a medium sized specialist factual production company
  • gain experience in archive research for a documentary series for broadcast
  • learn and understand the roles and responsibilities of the editor (and other production team members) within the production process
  • gain a greater practical understanding of post production workflows, including but not limited to conform, craft editing & media management
  • learn and understand the process of conform, clip logging, subclipping, sequence assembly and assemble editing
  • gain an understanding of technical film production fundamentals including, but not limited to, frame rates, codecs, editing software, QC and broadcast requirements.
  • gain an understanding of various footage and camera formats such as ProRes, MXF, Red, Arri Alexa, Sony A7S, Canon 5D/7D, GoPro and transcoding workflows and methodologies
  • understand the importance of working within budget and schedule constraints to complete work to a good level and on time
  • be mentored and guided through the methodology and challenges involved with making a documentary series for broadcast
  • gain an overall understanding of factual story-telling, how an episode arc is constructed and how individual scenes progress a story
  • with a small, nimble production, gain first hand experience on the structure and hierarchy of a production, and how the workflows between production management and editorial are divided and how they work concurrently to deliver compelling, high quality factual content to a broadcaster’s brief
  • work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders and be able to cultivate creative relationships with the Key Creatives and other production personnel

Desired Skills:

  • A responsible head, with a passion for factual story-telling
  • Entry level Non-Linear Editing (NLE) skills
  • Entry level Media Management skills
  • Entry level computer skills
  • Organised and able to multi-task, with good personal time management skills
  • Good people skills; ability to engage with internal and external stakeholders in a professional manner
  • Willingness and appetite to learn
  • Solid communicator + team player
  • Administration skills

Duties may include:

  • Researching and locating archive for use in the Production
  • Selecting archival material with an eye to the archive budget
  • Clip logging
  • Subclipping
  • Preparing projects for editors
  • Sequence assembly
  • Assembly editing
  • Logging rushes
  • Uploading rushes for post production in Sydney
  • Managing rushes, tape logs and camera cards
  • Working within the prescribed budgetary parameters and technical and other compliance guidelines to see that the output meets the correct specification
  • Logging & filing any relevant legal documentation including release forms
  • General administration

Placement Period:
Start: 9 September 2019
Finish: 8 November 2019
Total Weeks: 9 weeks

Award wage Level 3 in the MPPA, $1,307 for a 50hr week (plus super etc)
Accommodation and living away from home allowance $500 per week (plus flights)

Open to diverse practitioners such as: Cultural and linguistic, Indigenous, disability, gender, LGBTI+.

To apply:
Send a CV and cover letter to

Alex Mirabito – Project Manager

Applications close:
Monday 2 September, 5pm